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Brian McBride Out for Remainder of MLS Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Thursday, August 16, 2001) - Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride will miss the remainder of the 2001 Major League Soccer season due to a reformation of a blood clot in his upper right arm.

Doctors at Riverside Methodist Hospital performed a vascular procedure to open up the vein on Wednesday, August 15. McBride is on blood thinner medication that will force him to miss the rest of the season.

McBride left practice on Tuesday, August 14, and was admitted into the hospital where a series of tests were run and the clot was discovered. The blood clot is a reformation of a clot he had removed in September of last year that was found while on loan with Preston North End of the English First Division.

"Clearly, the single most important issue is Brian's well being," said Crew General Manager Jim Smith. "We will obviously miss his many contributions to our organization, both on the field and off, but all of that takes a back seat to his health. We value Brian as a person above all else and are hopeful that he will make a complete recovery after receiving the necessary medical treatment. I have no doubt that his presence will continue to be felt throughout the rest of the season."

McBride has been released from the hospital today but is not available for comment. No more information will be released.